re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing; replaces

Definition of replace

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former place or position replace cards in a file
2 : to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor
3 : to put something new in the place of replace a worn carpet

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Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce replace (audio) \ adjective
replacer noun

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replace, displace, supplant, supersede mean to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another. replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate. replaced the broken window displace implies an ousting or dislodging. war had displaced thousands supplant implies either a dispossessing or usurping of another's place, possessions, or privileges or an uprooting of something and its replacement with something else. was abruptly supplanted in her affections by another supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior. the new edition supersedes all previous ones

Examples of replace in a Sentence

Will computers ever completely replace books? Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags. She was hired to replace the previous manager. I replaced the old rug with a new one. They recently replaced the old phone system. The team's manager was replaced last season. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf.
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Recent Examples on the Web Greensill rejected the terms and opted to replace Euler, a Greensill spokesperson said in October. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Long Before Greensill Imploded, Credit Suisse Saw Danger," 4 Mar. 2021 The opinions expressed in this article are not intended to replace any professional or expert accounting and/or tax advice whatsoever. Melissa Houston, Forbes, "The Importance Of Revenue Diversification In Business," 4 Mar. 2021 The Great Northern Depot was built to replace James J. Hill's 1885 Union Depot on the south side of Hennepin Avenue, which had become too small for the city's growing train traffic. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "Why did Minneapolis tear down its train station?," 4 Mar. 2021 In November 2020, Jackson was elected to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry. Mitchell Ferman, Chron, "Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson accused of sexual comments, drinking on job at White House," 3 Mar. 2021 The apparent front-runner on Capitol Hill to replace Tanden was Shalanda Young, a former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee who has been actively pushed by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Alexandra Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden budget nominee Neera Tanden withdraws amid opposition," 3 Mar. 2021 Early opponent analysis: The Beavers have to replace their best players on offense and defense for all of the past three years. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Early analysis of Oregon Ducks’ 2021 football schedule," 3 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday, a deputy ambassador from Myanmar, U Tin Maung Naing, resigned after military rulers named him to replace the outspoken Kyaw Moe Tun. Richard Roth, CNN, "38 people killed in Myanmar's deadliest day of protest, says UN envoy," 3 Mar. 2021 The original stimulus, last spring’s CARES Act, included $600 a week extra, an amount designed to replace an average wage nationally, once combined with the regular unemployment benefits. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Here’s what’s in the latest COVID-19 relief bill, including $5,600 in stimulus payments for a family of 4 - That’s Rich!," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of replace was in 1587

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6 Mar 2021

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“Replace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of replace

: to be used instead of (something)
: to do the job or duty of (someone)
: to put someone or something new in the place or position of (someone or something)


re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing

Kids Definition of replace

1 : to put back in a former or proper place Please replace your book on the shelf.
2 : to take the place of DVDs have replaced videotape.
3 : to put something new in the place of I'll gladly replace the broken dish.

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